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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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NADIA, Romina Justel; BENTOSELA, Mariana  and  MUSTACA, Alba Elisabeth. Sexual behavior and anxiety. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.41, n.3, pp.429-444. ISSN 0120-0534.

The present work reviews the research about the relation between sexual behavior and anxiety in animals. The most relevant results suggest that sexual behavior has an anxiolytic-like effect. This phenomenon is expressed on the subject's behavior, besides the physiological and neuroendocrine levels. Also, the review includes studies about the opposite relation, it means, how the stress affects the animal's sexual behavior.

Keywords : anxiety; sexual behavior; stress; GABA; opioids; sexual hormons.

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